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Case study #1
Divide yourselves into groups of 5 or 6. Assign one person as a notetaker. Read over the case study and identify the issue and possible solutions.
Case study
You are teaching a first-year class in a one-hour lecture with 60 students. This class meets three times per week for the full semester. On the first day, one student arrives with a service cat and this person takes a seat at the front of the class. The student had no visibly identifiable disability. As the class begins to fill, a student requests to speak to you and reports that he or she is allergic to cats and asks that the cat be removed.
Consider the following:
· Identify the issues/concerns.
· How would you address the student with the allergy and the student with the cat?
· What needs to be considered when dealing with the situation?
· What resources are available to you to assist you with this issue?
· Are there temporary solutions that can be put in place?
· What are some potential solutions?

Case Study #2
Divide yourselves into groups of 5 or 6. Assign one person as a notetaker. Read over the case study and identify the issue and possible solution
Case study
Your program group has decided to host an open house to publicize the program. You are concerned that your meeting be accessible as you expect there may be people with disabilities attending this event. Some of the attendees may have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or mental health disabilities. Some may have service animals and/or other assistive devices
Consider the following:
· How will you notify/advertise the open house?
· How will you handle accommodation requests i.e. sign language interpreter?
· What venue will you book and what features will be important?
· How will the participants get to the open house?
· You are providing refreshments – how will this be done?

Case Study #3
Divide yourselves into groups of 5 or 6. Assign one person as a notetaker. Read over the case study and identify the issue and possible solutions.
Case study
As you are walking down the hall, a person with a vision impairment stops you to ask for information. She wishes to go to HR and apply for a position that was advertised. What issues might she encounter? What can you do to assist her?
Consider the following:
· Identify the issues/concerns.
· What needs to be considered when dealing with the situation?
· What resources are available to you to assist with this issue?


Simulation
With this activity, we have several props we use to give audience members the opportunity to experience some type of impairment. We use blacked out goggles, ear plugs, wheelchairs and canes. People can get into groups of two or more with one person using the prop and the other as a guide. They are to go to a particular destination, for example, find the nearest washroom or classroom XYZ. They are to report back to the group about their experience.
Select either one person, or two people who would participate in the task. All other group members are observers. The objective of this task is to identify and understand some of the barriers faced by a person with a disability.
Questions
1. In your group, discuss what issues were noted by the participant and the observers.
2. How effective was the signage in helping you find your way?
3. What barriers did you encounter in completing the task?
4. Did it take longer than you expected?